Add a blog, wiki or journal

In GoucherLearn, instructors can add blogs, wikis and journals to their course page so that their students can create their own posts to share with their peers, their instructors, or both. Depending on the intentions of your activity, a blog may be the best choice instead of a wiki, or a journal may work better than a blog, etc. Below, you’ll find descriptions of each activity as well as general instructions on how to add and manage these activities in your course.

* Please contact the Helpdesk if you’d like to get more specific instructions on CampusPack activities, or schedule a technology consultation with one of our GoucherLearn specialists.

Blogs are great for instructors who want their students to interact with their classmates, for example, by reading and responding to the class’ posts. Much like a forum, blogs facilitate social assignments in which students and instructors must view and add comments to one another’s posts.
Instructions for students on how to add a blog post are available here.

Add a blog to your course page
1. Navigate to your course and turn editing on.

2. Select Add an activity or resource. From the pop-up window, select from the ‘Activities’ section Campus Pack Blog and click Add.

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3. The following page allows you to customize the activity you previously chose. Add a title and description so that students can easily navigate to the activity on your course page. Here is where you can customize your activity’s settings.

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There are several options in the ‘Deployment’ section that should be explained:

Single copy– for class to share

One per group– groups must be configured (instructions here)

One per person– don’t use for blogs or wikis; create a journal instead

Note: A defect currently exists that prohibits changing the grading scheme set up here at a later date. 

Once you’re done select Add at the bottom of the page.

4. Your blog has been created. By default, your activity will be decorated with a banner photo, which you can change.

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(If you’d like to edit the banner, go to the Settings menu > select Settings > in the ‘Banner’ section, choose another image from the options or upload your own.

 

Add an entry
1. Click Add Entry, title your entry and Add.

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2. Compose your entry using the page’s HTML text editor.

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There are three types of users on the blog which are viewers, authors and owners. Authors are the students from this unit. Owners are professors and teaching assistance that have full permission and are running the blog . When you are giving comments to students, make sure that you are editing commenting in the Author comments. 

3. When you’re finished, select Save & exit at the bottom.

* To view all posts, go to Recent Entries, which will show you all the blog’s entries in chronological order.

 

Wikis are collaborative tools that allow students and instructors to collaborate on one or more pages of a course website. They work well as interactive class assignments and allow students and instructors to post, edit and view all pages. 
Instructions for students on how to add a page to a wiki are available here.

Add a wiki to your course page
1. Navigate to your course and turn editing on.

2. Select Add an activity or resource. From the pop-up window, select from the ‘Activities’ section Campus Pack Wiki. Click Add.

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3. The following page allows you to customize the activity you previously chose. Add a title and description so that students can easily navigate to the activity on your course page. Here is where you can customize your activity’s settings.

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* Since wikis are collaborative assignments, leave the ‘Deployment’ section at Single Copy or One Per Group. (For instructions on how to configure groups in your course, go here.)

Note: A defect currently exists that prohibits changing the grading scheme set up here at a later date. 

4. Your wiki has been created. By default, your activity will be decorated with a banner photo, which you can change.

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(If you’d like to edit the banner, go to the Settings menu > select Settings > in the ‘Banner’ section, choose another image from the options or upload your own.

 

Add and edit a page
1. Click New Page, title your entry and Add Page.

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2. Compose your entry using the page’s HTML text editor.

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3. When you’re finished, select Save & exit at the bottom.

* Contributors can add or change the wiki by navigating to a page and clicking Edit.

* To view all pages, go to Pages on the wiki main page, which will show you all the pages in chronological order.

 

A journal is a tool used for self-reflection in which the default permissions are configured so that the journal is private, shared only between the student and the instructor.
Instructions for students on how to add a journal entry are available here.

Add a journal to your course page
1. Navigate to your course and turn editing on.

2. Select Add an activity or resource. From the pop-up window, select from the ‘Activities’ section Campus Pack Journal and click Add.

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3. The following page allows you to customize the journal. Add a title and description so that students can easily navigate to the activity on your course page. Here is where you can customize your journal’s settings.

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Note: A defect currently exists that prohibits changing the grading scheme set up here at a later date. 

4. Your journal has been created. By default, your activity will be decorated with a banner photo, which you can change.

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(If you’d like to edit the banner, go to the Settings menu > select Settings > in the ‘Banner’ section, choose another image from the options or upload your own.

 

Add an entry
1. Click  Add Entry, title your entry and Add Entry.

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2. Compose your entry using the page’s HTML text editor.

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3. When you’re finished, select Save & exit at the bottom.